On his way to be readmitted into Judea and Samaria (aka 'West Bank') by Israel he spoke at a mosque in Johannesburg South Africa in May 1994, after signing this second agreement and just days before Israel withdrew from Jericho as a further peace gesture.
This speech was secretly recorded by a South African journalist and was subsequently broadcast on Israeli radio.
This is part of what he said…
“This has to be understood by everybody. The permanent state of Israel? No! The permanent state of Palestine! (Applause).
“Yes, it is the permanent state of Palestine.
“I have to speak frankly. I cannot do it on my own without the support of the Islamic nation. You have to come and to fight and to start the jihad to liberate Jerusalem, your first shrine.
“What they are saying is that Jerusalem is their capital. No, it is not their capital. It is our capital. It is the first shrine of Islam and the Muslims.”
Referring to the Oslo Accords he had signed, Arafat said,
“This agreement. I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our Prophet Mohammad and Quraish.”
For those unfamiliar with the Quraish event, here is the story: The Jews of Mecca defeated the army of Mohammad, and reached an agreement with him. He later returned in greater strength and slaughtered them after they had left themselves defenseless by believing that Mohammad was a man of his word.
“You remember the Caliph Omar had refused this agreement and considered it a despicable truce. But Mohammad accepted it and we are accepting this peace offer but to continue our way to Jerusalem, to first shrine together and not alone.
We are in need of you as Muslims. As warriors of Jihad. “
And this legacy continued when Arafat was replaced by Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas said, “Every martyr will reach paradise, and every wounded will be rewarded by Allah!”
He also has said, “Every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah.”
And “Blood must be spilled because the Jews are desecrating the Islamic holy places “with their filthy feet.”
The deception continues until today and much of the naïve progressive world is in the camp of the deceivers.
Or maybe they are not naïve?
Can it be that they support the ultimate Palestinian Arab goal which is not peace alongside the Jewish state but a peace without Israel, and without Jews?
Barry Shaw is International Public Diplomacy Director, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. and author of the book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS & Anti-Semitism.’